Intended for graduate and upper level undergraduate courses in behavioural ecology where students are already familiar with the basic ideas, Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach continues to define the subject. A completely new set of contributions has been brought together once more to take account of the many exciting new developments in the field. Each chapter presents a balanced view of the subject, integrating a clear exposition of the theory with a critical discussion of how predictions have been tested by experiments and comparative studies. In addition, Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach points to unreconciled issues and possible future developments. Edited by two of the most highly regarded experts in the field, this new volume contains contributions from an international authorship and continues the tradition of clarity and accessibility established by the three previous editions.
Part I: Introduction:
- The Evolution of Behavioural Ecology: John R Krebs and Nicholas B Davies
Part II: Mechanisms and Individual Behaviour:
- Sensory Systems and Behaviour: Rüdiger Wehner
- The Ecology of Information Use: Luc-Alain Giraldeau
- Recognition Systems: Paul W Sherman, Hudson K Reeve and David W Pfennig
- Managing Time and Energy: Innes C Cuthill and Alasdair I Houston
- Sperm Competition and Mating Systems: Timothy R Birkhead & Geoffrey A Parker
Part III: From Individual Behaviour to Social Systems:
- The Evolution of Animal Signals: Rufus A Johnstone
- Sexual Selection and Mate Choice: Michael J Ryan
- Sociality and Kin Selection in Insects: Andrew F G Bourke
- Predicting Family Dynamics in Social Vertebrates: Stephen T Emlen
- The Ecology of Relationships: Anne E Pusey and Craig Packer
- The Social Gene: David Haig
Part IV: Life Histories, Phylogenies and Populations:
- Adaptation of Life Histories: Serge Daan and Joost M Tinbergen
- The Phylogenetic Foundations of Behavioural Ecology: Paul H Harvey and Sean Nee
- Causes and Consequences of Population Structure: Godfrey M Hewitt and Roger K Butlin
- Individual Behaviour, Populations and Conservation: John D Goss-Custard and William J Sutherland
John R. Krebs,FRS, is Principal of Jesus College and Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford, and a member of the House of Lords. Nicholas B. Davies, FRS, is Professor of Behavioural Ecology in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College.
"[...] it is hard to see how anyone with research interests in functional aspects of behaviour could decide NOT to buy this book."
– Peter McGregor, Ibis
"Usually we do not publish reviews of second and subsequent edition books, but for this we make an exception. This textbook continues to define the subject of behavioural ecology and manages to combine this with being eminently accessible and readable. Once again updated and partially rewritten. Essential to students, scientists and layman alike with an interest in behavioural ecology. Even if you have a copy of the third edition you should still get this one."
– Bird Study